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I recently paid my registration renewal fees but then sold the vehicle. Do I qualify for a refund of my registration fees?

"Ask George" Expert answers to common DMV questions
By: George Valverde – Director, California Department of Motor Vehicles
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Do you have questions about general driving related requirements like registration and insurance? Are you unclear about laws and restrictions related to driving? The California Department of Motor Vehicles has answers. Save Time. Go Online at www.DMV.ca.gov. Q: I recently paid my registration renewal fees but then sold the vehicle. Do I qualify for a refund of my registration fees? A: Unfortunately, no you are not. Vehicle registration is inherited with the sale. If you purchase a vehicle with expired registration, you are subject to the registration and late fees. If you purchase a vehicle with current registration, you are not subject to the registration fees for the current year, as they have already been paid. For more information, visit our website at www.DMV.ca.gov. Save Time. Go Online! Q: I am a commercially licensed driver; I received a citation last year before I became a commercial driver. Can I go to traffic school to remove the ticket from my record that I received in December? A: Yes, providing you were not driving a commercial vehicle at the time you received your citation. For more information, visit our web site at www.DMV.ca.gov. Save Time. Go Online! Q: I want to apply for a Hazardous Materials endorsement and I know I will need a background check. Where should I start first? A: When applying for a Hazardous Materials (HazMat) endorsement, it is highly recommended that you start with the DMV. This will help expedite the procedure and ensure that the process runs smoothly. For more information, visit our website at www.DMV.ca.gov or visit your local field office and you will be provided with a brochure specifically outlining the requirements for obtaining this endorsement. Save Time. Go Online! The DMV is a department under the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, which is under the direction of acting Undersecretary Traci Stevens. The DMV licenses drivers, maintains driving records, registers and tracks official ownership of vehicles and vessels, investigates auto and identity-related fraud, and licenses car dealers, driving schools, and traffic violator schools. For more information about the DMV, visit www.DMV.ca.gov.